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Do any supplements help for ulcerative colitis?

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Several types of supplements, when taken along with standard treatment, may help to reduce the severity of symptoms of ulcerative colitis and/or promote remission.

These include curcumin, a form of glucosamine called N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG), Boswellia, and phosphatidylcholine. (You can use these links for more details, including dosage).

Although there is some evidence that a specific probiotic formula may be helpful, overall, there doesn't appear to be strong evidence to support the use of probiotics for ulcerative colitis.

There is some very preliminary evidence that supplementation with aloe vera gel or bromelain may be helpful.

Reducing or eliminating carrageenan (a substance used to thicken and improve the texture of certain foods and supplements ) from the diet may also helpful.

Be aware that ulcerative colitis may make some people more prone to deficiencies in minerals such as magnesium and selenium.

For information about other proposed treatments, including fish oil, evening primrose oil, andrographis and wheat grass, see the Encyclopedia article about Ulcerative Colitis.

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Mary15568   September 24, 2017
I have collagenous colitis with frequent flare-ups. Does anyone have a suggestion for supplement that can help me? I have been on Budesonide 3/day for many years and would love to have enough relief to reduce this intake to 1-2. Tumeric worked great for 5 months and then I got diarrhea so quit. My Dr has me take 4 VSL 3 for two days, then off for 4 days. Maybe taken daily would work better? Help!

This CL Answer initially posted on 9/23/2017.

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